Defense Secretary Says U.S. Sailors Made Navigational Error Into Iranian Waters

A a senior U.S. official acknowledged that the Iranians were “never provocative” in their interactions by telephone with their American counterparts

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US Sailors Released by Iran — After They Apologise

An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander reveals, it could have turned out very differently: Iranian missiles were locked onto U.S. carriers and ready to fire

Former Navy commander: Ships in Iran’s waters ‘a severe failure’

The comments of former US Navy commanders, who describe US Navy actions leading to the boats capture as “professionally incompetent”, echo those of Iranian naval commanders who described them as “unprofessional”

Iran releases U.S. sailors after brief detention

Iran says it has released ten U.S. sailors it had seized after determining they had strayed into its territorial waters “inadvertently”. The Pentagon has confirmed their release

In this Nov. 29, 2015, file photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif listens to a question during a news conference with his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias in Tehran, Iran. Zarif said Thursday, Dec. 17 there "seems to be no agreement" on two key issues just hours before the latest international conference on Syria was held Friday morning in New York.

10 U.S. sailors detained by Iran being interrogated, Iran says

Iran has demanded an apology from US before it releases the 10 sailors

Riverine Command boats. Click to enlarge

Iran confirms detention of 10 U.S. marines, Washington hopes for prompt return

US officials say it was unclear whether the boats, used to patrol rivers and littoral waters, had strayed into Iranian waters

A riverine command boat from Riverine Detachment 23 operates with the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York during a maritime air support operations center exercise. Click to enlarge

Two U.S. Navy boats in Iranian custody but crew will be returned ‘promptly’

In what looks like a repeat of a 2007 episode when British Navy personal were seized by Iran, two small U.S. Navy patrol boats are being held with their crews by Iran

Israel paid GOP senator $1m to sabotage Iran accord: Reports

Report reveals U.S. lawmaker paid nearly a million dollars to help sabotage nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers

Escalation in Syria may lead to WW3 in 2016

Plausible analysis from Russia Insider on the crisis in Syria

Will Iran win the technology war?

According to Israeli Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevi the Zionist state and Iran are involved in a technological struggle. A conflict that Israel is losing

Emad missiles delivered to Iranian underground missile facility. Click to enlarge

Iran Deploys Upgraded Missiles to Underground Bases

Tehran responds defiantly to warnings that new sanctions are being considered over its missile development program

Smoke rises as Iranian protesters angry over the killing of Nimr al-Nimr set fire to the Saudi embassy in Tehran. Click to enlarge

Saudi executions: Iran’s leader vows ‘divine vengeance’ over cleric’s killing

Protesters storm the Saudi embassy in Tehran following cleric’s execution

Major General Mohsen Rezayee

Iranian President Urged to Increase Missile’s Range in Response to New U.S. Sanctions

President Rhouhani is being urged to increase the country’s missiles range up to 5,000 Km in response to proposed new U.S. sanctions

In this Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 photo released by the U.S. Navy, the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman transits the Strait of Hormuz. Iranian naval vessels conducted rocket tests last week near the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier. Click to enlarge

Iran denies firing rockets at U.S. warship, accuses West of ‘psychological warfare’

Regardless of whether Iran actually fired the rockets, the allegation helps bolster calls for sanctions to be imposed over Iran’s missile program

Rouhani expands Iran’s missile program despite U.S. sanctions threat

Immediately after the U.S. announced it was considering new sanctions, Rouhani ordered an expansion of Iran’s missile program

Iranian navy test fires rockets near US aircraft carrier

NBC reports that one rocket came within about 1,500 yards of the USS Truman

Leader: Enemies after Muslim civil war

Iran’s Ayotollah says Islam’s enemies are trying to turn Muslims against each other and, to some extent, they’ve succeeded

Commander: Iran’s New Ballistic Missile, Emad, Delivered to IRGC Operational Units

Unveiled in October, Iran’s upgraded precision guided medium range ballistic missile has now been delivered to IRGC operational units

Seven Things You Didn’t Know the U.S. and Its Allies Did to Iran

Seven facts that help explain Iran’s hostility toward the U.S.

Iran has received an ugraded version of the S-300. Click to enlarge.

Russia reportedly to begin delivery of S-300 to Iran in coming weeks

Iranian crews will train at Russian Military Space Academy to man the system for four months as part of the contract